India (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 07 May, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Banned
Testing: No tests required
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 14 days required for all countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 03.05.2021
1. Until 31 May 2021, flights to India are suspended.
– This does not apply to relief, repatriation and humanitarian flights.
2. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
This does not apply to:
– nationals of India;
– residents of India;
– nationals of Nepal and Bhutan;
– passengers with an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card or booklet;
– passengers with a Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) card;
– passengers with a visa (excluding medical visas issued on or before 21 October 2020, and tourist visas(Type T)) issued by India;
– passengers with an E-visa (excluding E-Tourist visas) issued by India;
– passengers returning from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives or Nepal via India to their country of residence.
3. Passengers are not allowed to transit through Bangalore (BLR), Chennai (MAA), Delhi (DEL), Hyderabad (HYD), Kolkata (CCU) or Mumbai (BOM) to a third country.
4. E-Tourist visas and tourist visas (Type T) are no longer valid.
5. Medical visas issued on or before 21 October 2020 are no longer valid.
6. Passengers must complete the self-declaration form at www.newdelhiairport.in before departure.
7. Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test must be uploaded at www.newdelhiairport.in .
8. Passengers arriving from Afghanistan, Bahrain, France, Germany, Iraq, Kuwait, Netherlands, Oman, Qatar, Russian Fed., Ukraine or United Arab Emirates are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) molecular test upon arrival at their own expense.
9. Passengers arriving from Brazil, South Africa or United Kingdom are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) molecular test upon arrival and another test on day 7 at their own expense.
10. Passengers are subject to medical screening
11. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for up to 14 days. Details can be found at https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Guidelinesforinternationalarrivals17022021.pdf .
12. Airline crew who are arriving from or have transited through the United Kingdom:
– must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; and
– are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test upon arrival.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

India extends ban on international flights till May 31

The restrictions will not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA, according to the official circular. This means that the flights operating under the bilateral air bubble agreements with select countries will continue to run.

“However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on case-to-case basis,” added the circular.

Currently, India has bilateral air bubble pacts with multiple countries. These include countries such as Japan, the US, the UK, France, Germany, etc. The government also has been operating special repatriation flights under the ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ since May 2020 in order to bring stranded Indians back to the country.

International commercial passenger flights have remained suspended since March 23, 2020, when the national lockdown restrictions were imposed.
 

Lockdown Details

All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function.

The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalized if you violate restrictions. Restrictions may vary between states. New Restrictions can be put in place at short notice to curb the spread of the virus. You should closely monitor local media reports and follow the instructions of local authorities.
 

Sources

https://in.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-information/
Data Source: covidcontrols.co